Sri Garga Samhita
BY: SUN STAFF
Syam Caran, Vrindavan
Dec 15, CANADA (SUN)
Description of Sri-Krishna's Glories
om narayanam namaskritya
naram caiva narottamam
devim sarasvatim vyasam
tato jayam udirayet
Before reciting this Garga-samhita, which is the very means of conquest, one should offer respectful obeisances unto the Personality of Godhead, Narayana, unto Nara-Narayana Rishi, the supermost human being, unto mother Sarasvati, the goddess of learning, and unto Srila Vyasadeva.*
calad-dyuti-pada-dvayam hridi dadhami radha-pateh
In my heart I place the splendid feet of Radha's Lord, feet that eclipse the glory of autumn lotuses, are served by hosts of
bumblebee sages, are marked with lightning and lotus and decorated with glistening golden anklets, and break the three sufferings of the devotees.
vadana-kamala-niryadyasya piyusham adyam
pibati jana-varo 'yam patu so 'yam giram me
badara-vana-viharah satyavatyah kumarah
May Satyavati's son Vyasa, who enjoys pastimes at
Badarikasrama, who is the best of men, who drinks the
transcendental nectar of the glory of Lord Krishna's lotus face,
and who is an incarnation of the Lord who carries the Sarnga bow,
protect my words.
sri-gargo jnaninam varah
ayayau saunakam drashtum
Once Sri Garga Muni, who was the best of the wise, very
powerful, and a brilliant sun of yoga, went to see Saunaka Muni.
tam drishtva sahasotthaya
saunako munibhih saha
pujayam asa padyadyair
Seeing him, Saunaka and the sages at once stood up and
worshiped him by washing his feet and presenting many offerings
according to ancient tradition.
satam paryatanam dhanyam
grihinam santaye smritam
nrinam antas tamo-hari
sadhur eva na bhaskarah
Sri Saunaka said: The auspicious travels of saintly devotees
bring peace to they who stay at home. It is a saintly devotee,
and not the sun, the removes the darkness in people's hearts.
tasman me hridi sambhutam
sandeham nasaya prabho
katidha sri-harer vishnor
avataro bhavaty alam
Therefore, O lord, please destroy the doubt in my heart. How
often does Lord Vishnu, who removes all that is inauspicious,
descend to this world?
sadhu prishtam tvaya brahman
srinvatam gadatam yad vai
pricchatam vitanoti sam
Sri Garga Muni said: O brahmana, you have asked a worthy
question. The description of the Lord's transcendental qualities
brings auspiciousness to they who hear, speak, and ask.
Of this they tell the story of an event in ancient history,
simply by hearing of which great sin is removed.
In the city of Mithila in ancient times lived a powerful king
named Bahulasva, who was peaceful at heart, free of false ego,
and a great devotee of Lord Krishna.
ambarad agatam drishtva
sampujya casane sthapya
Seeing the best of sages Narada descend from the sky, (the
king) worshiped him, offered him a seat, and with folded hands
yo 'nadir atma purusho
bhagavan prakriteh parah
kasmat tanum samadhatta
tan me bruhi maha-mate
Sri Bahulasva said: O wise one, please tell me why the
beginningless Supreme Person, who is beyond the material energy,
places His transcendental form in this world?
vedanam rakshanaya vai
tanum dhatte harih sakshad
To protect the cows, devotees, demigods, and Vedas, Lord
Hari, the original Supreme Personality of Godhead, placed His own
transcendental form and pastimes in this world.
yatha natah sva-lilayam
mohito na paras tatha
anye drishtva ca tan-mayam
mumuhus te muhur muhuh
As a magician is not bewildered by His own magic tricks,
although others may be bewildered, so the Supreme Personality of
Godhead is not bewildered by the magic tricks He does with His illusory
potency, although others who see them are bewildered again and
katidha sri-harer vishnor
avataro bhavaty alam
sadhunam rakshanartham hi
kripaya vada mam prabho
Sri Bahulasva said: How often does Lord Vishnu, who removes
all that is inauspicious, descend to this world to protect the
devotees? O lord, please kindly tell me.
amsamso 'msas tathavesah
kala purnah prakathyate
vyasadyais ca smritah shashthah
Sri Narada said: In the Smriti-sastra the great sages who
have Vyasa as their leader explain that the Lord descends in six
kinds of forms: 1. amsamsa (a part of a part), 2. amsa (a
part), 3. avesa (entrance into a jiva), 4. kala (a full part),
5. purna (full), and 6. paripurnatama (most full).
amsamsas tu maricy-adir
amsa brahmadayas tatha
The amsamsa incarnations begin with Marici, the amsa
incarnations begin with Brahma, the kala incarnations begin with
Kapila and Kurma, and the avesa incarnations begin with
purno nrisimho ramas ca
vaikuntho 'pi tatha yajno
The Smriti-sastra explains that the purna incarnations are
1. Nrisimha, 2. Rama, 3. Lord Hari, the ruler of Svetadvipa,
4. Vaikuntha, 5. Yajna, and 6. Nara-Narayana.
chri-krishno bhagavan svayam
goloke dhamni rajate
The paripurnatama form of the Lord is Sri Krishna, who is the
original Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself. He is the master
of countless universes. He is splendidly manifest in the realm of
sad-amsas te prakirtitah
te 'msamsa viditah prabhoh
The amsa incarnations are said to oversee the execution of
the Lord's mission (in the world). The amsamsa incarnations
are understood to perform the work of executing those missions.
yesham antar-gato vishnuh
karyam kritva vinirgatah
viddhi rajan maha-mate
O great soul, O king, please know that in the various
avesa incarnations Lord Vishnu enters (a jiva), executes His
mission, and then departs.
dharmam vijnaya kritva yah
yuge yuge vartamanah
so 'vatarah kala hareh
Millennium after millennium Lord Hari's kala incarnations
teach and establish the principles of religion, and then
catur-vyuho bhaved yatra
drisyante ca rasa nava
atah param ca viryani
sa tu purnah prakathyate
The purna incarnations are said to include the catur-vyuha
incarnations. They are said to be the places where heroic powers
and the nine rasas are seen.
yasmin sarvani tejamsi
tam vadanti pare sakshat
Others say that the form of the Lord where all powers and
glories enter is His paripurnatama form, the original form of the
purnasya lakshanam yatra
tam pasyanti prithak prithak
bhavenapi janah so 'yam
The transcendental qualities people see distributed among
the Lord's purna incarnations are all present in the Lord's
original, paripurnatama form.
chri-krishno nanya eva hi
koti-karyam cakara ha
The Lord's original, paripurnatama form is Sri Krishna and no
one else. Coming (to this world) to execute one mission, He
executes millions of missions.
purnah puranah purushottamottamah
parat paro yah purushah paresvarah
svayam sadanandamayam kripakaram
gunakaram tam saranam vrajamy aham
He is perfect and complete. He is the oldest. He is the
most exalted of exalted persons. He is greater than the greatest.
He is the Supreme Person. He is the master of the exalted. Of
He who is full of bliss, who is jewel-mine of mercy, who is a
jewel-mine of transcendental virtues, I take shelter.
tac chrutva harshito raja
pramrisya netre 'sru-purne
naradam vakyam abravit
Sri Garga said: Hearing this, the king became very happy.
Overcome with love and the hairs of his body erect in ecstasy, he
wiped his tear-filled eyes and spoke to Narada.
chri-krishno kena hetuna
agato bharate khande
Sri Bahulasva said: Why did Sri Krishna, the original,
paripurnatama form of the Lord, come to the land of Bharata and
gloriously appear in Dvaraka?
golokam dhama sundaram
bruhi brahman brihan-mune
O brahmana, O great sage, please describe the countless
deeds and beautiful Goloka realm of He who is the master of
yada tirthatanam kurvan
tada sat-sangam etyasu
sri-krishnam prapnuyan narah
When a human being visits many holy places and devotedly
performs a hundred years of austerities, he will attain the
association of the devotees. Then he will attain Sri Krishna
sri-krishna-dasasya ca dasa-dasah
kada bhaveyam manasardra-cittah
yo durlabho deva-varaih paratma
sa me katham gocara adi-devah
When, my heart melting with love, will I think "I am the
servant of the servants of Sri Krishna's servants?" Will the
Supreme Personality of Godhead, whom even the greatest demigods
cannot attain, appear before me?
dhanyas tvam raja-sardula
tubhyam ca darsanam datum
O tiger of kings, you are fortunate. Sri Krishna honors you.
Lord Hari loves you. The Lord of the devotees will come to reveal
Himself to you.
tvam nripam srutadevam ca
smaraty alam dvarakayam
aho bhagyam satam iha
Lord Janardana, the master of the brahmanas remembers both
Srutadeva and you, the king. Ah, the good fortune of the devotees
here in Dvaraka!
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